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Jill Kenney (she/her) is a New York-based tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer. In addition to her work at Broadway Dance Center, she is currently on faculty at the 92Y and teaches children and adults throughout Long Island. Jill has also taught at NYU Steinhardt, Ballet Tech, and Steps on Broadway. She has been on the faculty of numerous tap dance festivals including The Big Apple Tap Festival, Tap Ties Dance & Fitness Festival, and the Motor City Tap Fest. As a choreo...read more
All of Jill’s classes are designed to help students build solid technique in an upbeat and positive atmosphere. Each class starts with a thorough warm-up engaging the brain and body while focusing on coordination, rhythm, weight shift, and articulation. Technical exercise in the center and across the floor challenge students both physically and mentally, and cover a wide range of tap vocabulary from shuffles and flaps to pullbacks and time steps. Jill breaks down the footwork and encourages her students to fine-tune and build on the skills that they already possess. An ending combination focuses on technique that was worked on throughout the class. Her combos range in style but always focus on clear sounds, smooth transitions, and musicality. She encourages her students to move with their whole bodies and develop their own personal style that is unique to them. Individual attention is given as much as possible and Jill hopes that her students walk out with more confidence than they entered with!
Jill’s Absolute Beginner Workshop provides students with an exciting, yet safe and comfortable environment to learn the basics of Tap Dance. The workshop is geared towards individuals with zero or minimal prior training, who are not quiet feeling ready to dive into an open-class setting. The class is well-structured and follows a natural progression that allows students to build on their new knowledge and skills from week to week. In this course, tap technique is carefully broken down and explained, so that each dancer can build solid technique and a true understanding of the movement and sounds they create. Jill is thrilled to share her love of tap dance with you, so come join the fun… You will gain coordination, musicality, body awareness, and confidence as you work up a sweat!